Is truth greater than happiness? Is happiness the same as truth?

Smile with the faith of truth within love!
Australia
December 4, 2017 7:49pm CST
The truth stands around waiting for love to open it to you, but when you overindulge in happy pursuit of non-truths, love also loses its value for you then, as you become happy, not from happiness, but from your idea of happiness, of which never makes you happy, because the truth of happiness is that it only ever resides in love, when love resides in you. Love is always within you but its truths only come alive in you when you become that love itself, and are happy to be that love, without reservations, fear, or feelings of inferiority, or doubt. Love is alive through faith. The happy are those who have no doubts about love, and their faith draws them further away from doubt, and unhappiness, and non-truths.
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@josie_ (5104)
• Philippines
5 Dec
Reminds me of what Jesus supposedly said in the Bible to the doubting Thomas, "Blessed are those who believe without seeing."
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• Australia
5 Dec
We make our own cobwebs
Yes, and pained are those who hurt from not believing. Poetry: The pain of the paradox of an unrealised truth I can be hurt without my permission, until I realise my permission is me. The real me never allows such hurts to be real, because I own my heart, but not its hurts. Hurting creates many an unhealable bruise, until you learn from it a new truth. It is not what hurts us that heals us, it is seeing the truth about the hurt. Angels hurt for us when we weep for them, but never the twain will meet in hurting. For all to see the love in the all, only takes a certain opening of the heart through hurt.
• Australia
5 Dec
@josie_ Yes, I write my own poetry from time to time. I just wrote that one this morning, and so added it here.
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@josie_ (5104)
• Philippines
5 Dec
@innertalks _You should post more of your poetry. I love reading them.
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@1hopefulman (20286)
• Canada
5 Dec
"Is truth greater than happiness?" Is an apple greater than an orange? Or, are they different fruits and they are both good? "Is happiness the same as truth?" Is an apple the same as an orange? Or, are they both fruits but taste different?
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• Australia
5 Dec
Yes, we can ask such questions as that. I could also ask then also is hatred the same as love, kindness the same as cruelty. Are they all just emotions that act differently? I have a feeling that there is a deeper issue here than just on the surface, isn't there? God is at the top or the bottom as God is the creator of all things, and yet we would not call God evil. Evil is more an absence of connection to God, and so real happiness is a connection to love and truth. False happiness is a connection to something else, masquerading as happiness, maybe sports, for example. There is nothing wrong with this of course, unless they take you away from remembering and following the greater truth, or God, under the illusion that you can be fully really happy without him in your life.
@miketagz (1349)
• Philippines
5 Dec
Happiness does not rely from the material things, in general, the true happiness is you appreciate to help others, to give and you'll receive ten fold.
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• Australia
5 Dec
I read an interesting comment about happiness from the Sufi writer Idries Shah in one of his books. “The goal of man is Truth. Truth is more than happiness. The man who has Truth can have whatever mood he wishes, or none,” they told him. “We have pretended that Truth is happiness, and happiness Truth, and people have believed us, therefore you, too, have until now imagined that happiness must be the same as Truth. But happiness makes you its prisoner, as does woe.” True happiness then exudes from true love like a perfume intoxicating all around the lover in a way that they feel the truth of the contact, and yet false love, such as lusting and chasing after objects, and material things, as you say, through want, never brings happiness. Material happiness is a trap, as Idries Shah says here.
@kiran8 (15220)
• Mangalore, India
5 Dec
@innertalks very interesting thoughts ...as you grow older you realise that less is more . It just takes so little to make one happy. I am reminded of the saying , if you only have two pennies left buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.
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• Australia
5 Dec
@kiran8 Yes, thanks, I like that saying, the results of our toil should not be all spent on material things. "That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material." Swami Vivekananda, (1863 to 1902), a great Indian Hindu monk said this. True happiness is a part of that immortality too, I suspect.
@Shiva49 (9597)
• Singapore
5 Dec
Many get carried away with short term goals and are happy in pursuing and achieving them. They have a narrow outlook on life and material possessions also become the be all and end all. Then pursuit of truth takes a back seat and sooner or later we pay for our follies as we get surrounded by those who eye our possessions. We should pursue truth with love in our thoughts, lips, to get to the right path. Then our lives become spiritual and we rise higher in consciousness. We forget the duality that we are separate from the creator and his creations. The oneness of humanity enriched by the uniqueness in us guides us. That realization is bliss - siva
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• Australia
5 Dec
Nicely put together prose siva. The love of truth leads to the truth of love, and this means the two are intertwined within God. Pursuing either one alone only leads you to the pursuit not to the love, nor to the truth, because, chasing anything, just pushes it further away. Rest in truth and love as they are now in you, and watch them blossom and grow and move you closer to God in your heart, soul, being, and body and mind too. All is love when you love like this. All is truth, when you allow truth to be itself within you.
@Shiva49 (9597)
• Singapore
6 Dec
@innertalks I recall the autobiography of Gandhi titled appropriately: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. I can say abiding by truth coated with love has stood me in good stead all my life. that meant I was not materially wealthy but then that is anathema to my lifestyle. Live within my means is my path. Frankly, I feel queasy while among the few who have nothing in their minds other than increasing their possessions. It calls out the poverty of their minds - siva
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• Australia
6 Dec
@Shiva49 It's interesting to read Gandhi's books. I read somewhere today in another book, where it said that even truth has a beginning. Did truth have a beginning, was it only discovered when the first deception came about, for example?? No, I feel that God, and love, and truth, had no beginning, and exist, or have existed forever, but each of these have beginnings in each of our own lives, and they come into our life, just as much as we live from love, while serving, and honouring both ourselves and God.